What keeps you going..

By Ruari Latest Reply 2015-01-12 19:02:13 -0600
Started 2015-01-12 05:49:39 -0600

Not sure if it's just more common in younger or newly diagnosed but at one point or another I'm sure I'm not the only one who's just been fed up with the lot, for a while was even pretending to myself I didn't have it. Going days without injections or testing and working long shifts in work, sleeping all the time with liver dumps, went to get my hba1c last weekend and it was horribly high, made some big changes and really on track now and feeling good about it but don't want to get into bad habits again.. What is it that keeps you going?

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Ruari 2015-01-12 16:48:14 -0600 Report

I got my hba1c on Saturday and I was dredding going, it was 14.3, highest it's been since diagnosed 5ish years ago, at the same time I've never had particularly good bloods being diagnosed in my late teens finding it hard to fit in but since getting my a1c on Saturday im proud to say my bloods haven't been about 10 once since and are averaging quite well! I have also taken this as a wake up call and given up smoking and not regretted it, already starting to feel better but what really gets to me the most is relatives or friends trying to act as if they are experts on diabetes they're obvious only looking out for me but at the same time it can be awful frustrating when someone who has no experience with the condition or having it nags or tries to advise. Jibber jabber wish all the best for your brothers friend x

GabbyPA 2015-01-12 14:31:43 -0600 Report

I go through cycles and I have my ups and downs in similar fashion as you described. What keeps me going is that I just want to feel better. I don't like how I feel when I am not taking care of myself. Physically or emotionally, so that is what usually pushes me back on track.

BreC 2015-01-12 10:30:33 -0600 Report

What keeps me going is my family. For my 5 year old granddaughter to wrap her arms around me as far as her little arms can reach and say "I love you granny". For my husband of 23 years to call me every morning from work to make sure I got up ok and give me the 'That's great honey" when he asks what my BS was this morning and him say "Love you sweetie" before hanging up. For my 86 year old mother who delights when I visit or call. For my kids who always give me a hug upon greeting and again when leaving to go back to their daily lives and again those little words that mean so much, I Love You. And also myself for pushing through so many medical issues and not letting it all bring me down.

BreC 2015-01-12 10:38:26 -0600 Report

And for my furbaby Missy who follows every step I make and always seems to know when Mama is sick and lays down beside me on the sofa and gives unconditional love.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-01-12 09:17:48 -0600 Report

Honestly…what keeps me going is the fact I am grateful that all I have is diabetes…I know to some this might sound strange…But when I got the call from my doctor I had to come in and see him ASAP after having bloodwork done..many things ran through my mind…when I was told it was diabetes I was almost relieved..Diabetes is a pain in the ass..and by no means a good thing to have…but they're MANY worse things to have..I can control what I eat..I can control how I take my meds and how much physical activity I get…I am the master of my own destiny…My younger brother's best friend was just diagnosed with stage four stomach cancer…it is really bad and the doctors don't think he will live to see the summer this year…he is at the mercy of his chemo and radiation…I thank God everyday that I am NOT in his shoes..and I am greatful that I am in control of my disease and NOT the other way around..

Type1Lou 2015-01-12 08:51:50 -0600 Report

My biggest motivator is fear of losing my eyesight. My non-diabetic Mom became legally blind due to macular degeneration which runs in her family; my diabetic Dad lost an eye to glaucoma long before he became diabetic. I've been treated for narrow-angle glaucoma and was told I have the very beginnings of retinopathy over 10 years ago. This family history along with the increased diabetes risk, puts me at very high risk for blindness. If keeping my sugars in check staves off the advance of diabetic complications, that's what I'll do. What or who is valuable in your life that you want to be around to enjoy? I was 27 when diagnosed and am now 65, enjoying my grandchildren and my retirement. I worked 10 to 12 hour days in my career and derived satisfaction from a job well done. I never felt diabetes limited me.
Wishing you all you wish for.

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